Several weeks ago MDM Entertainment was invited to perform at the wedding ceremony and reception for Chris and Aqeela.

This was a last minute booking because their scheduled DJ had backed out a month before the wedding. This happens more often than many people realize and underscores the need to really be thorough when researching your wedding entertainment. That is not the point of this blog though.

Luckily we were able to step in and save the day. Our initial consultation with Aqeela was great and we immediately loved her.  At the consultation we discovered why the other company backed out as this was going to be a very unique and challenging wedding with the bride and grooms diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.   The  DJ would be responsible for a Muslim ceremony in the afternoon and then a more Western style reception that evening with a very, very diverse mix of world music.  None of this really was an issue to us here because of our devotion to detail, planning prowess and our love for music (no matter what style). It didn’t hurt  that we have a Muslim wedding DJ on staff either!

Aqeela has lived all over the world and her musical tastes definitely reflected that. She wanted a wide range of world music for her wedding day and after a lot of discussion with Aqeela we had come up with a great mix of music from all over the world including: Sitar, Banghra, Bollywood, South African, Latin, Western Top 40 and some bands from Aqeela’s native Malawi.

The big day came and we arrived early at the beautiful Danada House in Wheaton to set up for the wedding ceremony. The afternoon ceremony went off without a hitch as we coordinated everything with Aqeela’s brother Faizel who acted as the MC and did a wonderful job. After the ceremony in the atrium guests were ushered down the hall for appetizers then returned a half hour later for the luncheon.

For the luncheon we played some very cool loungy sitar music mixed in with some Bollywood and Western Adult Contemporary (Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, etc). The mix of music created a really cool vibe for the day as we saw many guests grooving in their seats and tapping their toes. Several guests even came up and complimented us on the selections and asked for our cards; this was just when we were playing background music! The delicious South Asian food for the luncheon was provided by Ashyana Banquets who also own a great reception venue in Downer’s Grove. On a personal note, we were invited to go through the buffet line and this was the first time I have ever tasted Butter Chicken and I for sure have a new favorite Indian dish!

After the luncheon was over the guests departed and we had several hours to rearrange the room and prepare for the evening reception. As the guests returned that evening we livened up the music a little more and got really creative with music from all over the world. The first couple of hours was more of a lounge feel for guests to mingle and socialize. Aqeela and Chris had some more great food from Ashyana as well variety of sweets and candy for guests to snack on for the whole evening. Once the majority of the guests arrived there were some very moving speeches and a great song from the bride and groom’s friends and family.

After the speeches were over Chris and Aqeela had their first dance and we opened up the dance floor for all the guests to join them. I will be completely honest, the whole week leading up to the event I was wondering how difficult it was going to be to get everyone up and dancing at this wedding. I have no idea what I was worried about, we had the dance floor packed the entire night! It was a smaller reception but the dance floor was overflowing the whole evening. It was a fantastic feeling and really fun as we got to stretch our programming skills and play a lot of unique music we rarely get to play.

A very special thanks to Chris and Aqeela for letting us be a part of their day and for getting our creative juices flowing.

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